Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium
Head Coach: Lipscomb University
With over 300 collegiate wins under his belt, Jeff Forehand was named the 15th coach in the history of the storied Lipscomb program in 2007.
Under his direction, the Bisons reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2008 behind an Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship. A major underdog, Lipscomb traveled to Athens, Ga., taking out host Georgia in the opening round before falling to Georgia Tech in round two. That setup a rematch with the Bulldogs and Georgia prevailed in round two ending the Bisons first NCAA Regional.
Forehand’s 2009 club came within one win of back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament falling in the A-Sun championship game. That season would see another milestone for Forehand’s program as pitcher Rex Brothers would become the second Lipscomb player drafted in the top round of the Major League Baseball draft. Taken as the 34th overall pick in the draft by the Colorado Rockies, the hard-throwing lefty made a quick rise to the majors making his MLB debut June 6th, 2011 with a 96 mph fastball against the San Diego Padres.
Pitching Coach: Lipscomb University
Having been a part of the Lipscomb baseball program for the past nine seasons, James Ogden was hired full-time to lead the Bison pitching staff in Summer of 2013 after spending the 2013 season as the interim pitching coach.
In his short time on the Bisons coaching staff, Ogden has helped develop two professional pitchers – Nick Andros (’15) and Jason Ziegler (’15). Andros signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals and began his career in Rookie ball with the Arizona League Royals. Ziegler spent time in the Frontier League, an independent baseball league, with the Washington Wild Things and the Gateway Grizzlies.
A former pitcher for the Purple and Gold, he began his coaching career as a student assistant coach in 2008 after suffering a career-ending arm injury the previous season. That year the Bisons claimed the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship advancing to the NCAA Tournament where Lipscomb downed eventual College World Series runner up Georgia in the first round.
Assistant Coach: Lipscomb University
After spending eight seasons in professional baseball with four Major League organizations, Brad Coon is entering his first season as a full-time assistant coach for the Lipscomb Bisons on Jeff Forehand’s staff after spending the previous two years as a volunteer assistant.
Coon was a centerfield standout for Forehand at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2004-05 and was named the TranSouth Athletic Conference and NAIA Region XI Player of the Year in 2005. As a senior Coon hit .377 with four homeruns, 42 RBIs and stole 51-of-55 bases. For his career Coon swiped 96 of his 106 stolen base attempts, setting the school’s career mark in both categories.
The NAIA All-American outfielder was selected in the 15th round (463rd overall) by the Anaheim Angels of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. He is this highest draft pick and one of only eight players to ever be drafted out of Trevecca.
Recruiting of Operations: Lipscomb University
Brian Ryman enters his fifth year as the director of operations for the Lipscomb athletics department.
Ryman served as director of baseball operations in 2006. He was named an assistant coach for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before returning as director of baseball operations in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 Ryman began to serve as the Director of Operations for the entire department as well as director of baseball operations.
Ryman’s responsibilities with the baseball program include managing baseball camps, over seeing fundraising, team travel, on-campus recruiting, and summer league placement for the Lipscomb players.